Sunday, January 11, 2009

Just back from New York

I caught the Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC a few times last week - she's the rising star of political analysis in America - with a PhD in political science (she doesn't own a tv but she loves to debate), she's studied AIDS and prison reform. She's fast-talking, sassy, smart, a self-proclaimed "butch dyke" and liberal - kind of the opposite of Fox News's horrendous Bill O'Reilly - except where Bill tends to shout over his guests and has no sense of humour, Rachel charms everyone with a smile and a joke. Here's her explanation of the Wall Street crisis:

She's doing very good things for MSNBC's ratings - she's just what America needs.

What America needs a bit less of though is Mo'Nique (and that's not a disparaging comment on her weight). Mo'Nique is one of the many celebrities who rarely register outside of the US. She's done a bit of everything - comedy, acting, reality tv hosting. Every time I visit America, Mo'nique is in the news with some bizarre story. A couple of years ago it was about a bizarre "air rage" incident on United Airlines. Mo'Niqe was holed up in first class while her entourage were in Economy. One of her assistants went into first class to get a hair dryer from a locker and a flight attendent apparently said "Tell your people that the next time they have an attitude, they are being thrown off ... Since 9/11, we don't play around." Mo'Nique wasn't having this and in the ensuing fraccas, she was esorted off the plane. Her take on it: "I felt like I was being treated like an animal. This happens to black people all the time, and they don't have a voice. It was humiliating."

Sadly, there were no air rage incidents to report this time, but I did catch Mo'Nique on some chat show were she was claiming that her recent weight loss was down to the fact that someone who she'd never even met had cast a weight loss spell on her. Via a DVD. The show reported all of this uncritically... Mo'Nique was walking rather stiffly - as if she'd perhaps had quite a bit of surgery and was wearing one of those corsets to hold everything in place afterwards...

Now that Mo'Nique is starting to lose weight (by whatever means - supernatural or otherwise), I wonder what she will be able to talk about in her comedy routines. Here's her rather coarse take on "skinny bitches":

Rachel Maddow and Mo'Nique - two faces of the two faces of America.

1 comment:

julian said...

If you still want to see Maddow now you're back, you can subscribe to her show via iTunes, the video version being particularly handy if you've got an iPhone or an iPod that can play video.